Boeung Ket suffered another galling defeat on the road on Wednesday evening as they went down 6-0 to Singaporeans Home United in their AFC Cup Group F clash at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
The Cambodians went into the tie on the back of a surprise 3-2 win over the Singaporean outfit last week, but Home were eager to avoid a repeat. The hosts got their noses in front in the 37th minute as Shahril Ishak got on the end of an Izzdin Shafiq freekick.
A minute before halftime, Ishak sent Song Ui-young through in the box to bury their second of the game.
10- minutes after the restart, Faritz Hameed made it three nil before M. Anumanthan added a fourth in the 72nd minute, latching onto Sirina Camara’s cross to turn the ball home from close range.
Four goals down, a moment of madness from Samuel Gbenga Ajayi saw Boeung Ket reduced to 10-men extinguishing any chance of getting back in the game . Anumanthan notched his brace in the 83rd minute before Izzdin Shafiq freekick sealed a sixth and final goal of the game.
Speaking at the final whistle, Boeung Ket coach Keo Kosal blamed tiredness and scheduling.
“Losing 6-0 tonight was because we were inefficient in possession, and that’s why we couldn’t even score once, said coach Kosal. “Also, traveling and scheduling was also a factor and made it difficult for us to perform.”
In the other group game, Ceres-Negros moved one step closer to a place in the knockout round of the AFC Cup after beating Shan United 1-0 at the Thuwunna Stadium on Wednesday.
Closer to home, and in the domestic Metfone C-League, unlikely league-leaders Visakha FC get their very first test as they face big guns Phnom Penh Crown in Sunday’s highlight at Western Stadium.
Both teams will be looking to maintain their 100 percent records. In their last league match, Phnom Penh Crown, Cambodian football’s most successful club side, posted a second straight win as they chase a seventh championship title. They registered a 2-0 win away to Ministry of National Defense courtesy of second half strikes from In Sodavid and Tsotleho “Sunny” Jane.
Meanwhile, newcomers Visakha continued to impress with a 2-0 win over Angkor Tiger. The win coming via goals from North Korean attackers Choe Myong-ho and Kim Kyong-hun. They won their opening match against Electricite du Cambodge 4-0.
Other Sunday fixtures will pit defending champions Boeung Ket against National Police, while Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng meet EDC.
The pick of tomorrow’s matches will see NagaWorld meet Angkor Tiger. Other matches on the day see AEU face Ministry of National Defense, while Western try their luck against newly-promoted Soltilo Angkor.